Common wisdom holds that Ethereals who look like angels either vanish or become angels. The Erotes are the Symphony’s most notable exception. These Greek deities are tied to feelings of love and romance and resemble nothing so much as winged youths.
Odds are you have seen them, in frescoes and greeting cards. Cherubic children with white wings and heart tips on their arrows. Most mortals have forgotten their origins and consider them to be part of the host (assuming they credit them as being real at all), but Celestials know that the Angels of Love have all either fallen or joined with other Archangels.
The idea that they would live on as Ethereal Gods is laughable on its face – or at least the angels think so. There are some notable Erotes who should probably be treated as NPCs, but there is still plenty of room for a player to take on a lesser god of desire who can fill an unoccupied niche.
Cupid, Roman God of Love and Attraction
Cupid is the defacto leader of the Erotes. He is technically from the Roman tradition, but since he won a battle of assention with Eros, he has effectively stepped into the older god’s shoes. This has been especially true since the decimation of the Olympians, who are in no position to turn away allies, even ones who were previously enemies.
Of course, since Cupid is not actually an Olympian he has a certain degree of freedom to act outside the confines of Athena’s treaties. Something which the Goddess of Victory is more than happy to take advantage of from time to time.
Aphroditus, Goddex of the Intersex and Gender Non-Conforming
Aphroditus is a deity of love and luck from antiquity who is a patron of marriage and also of those outside of the gender binary. They are represented as having sexual characteristics typically attributed to both men and women and request that their followers exchange garments with someone of another gender on nights of the full moon. The goddex is also a bringer of good fortune, but only from those who will not turn away from the deity’s form.
Anteros, God of Requited Love
Anteros’ wings are like those of a moth or butterfly, but are plumed entirely with feathers. Anteros watches over those who love each other and punishes those who are cruel in the face of unrequited love.
Hedylogos, God of Flattery
One of the less powerful Erotes, Hedylogos specializes in sweet talk. Not much is known about him save that he serves Aphrodite directly as one of the gods to pull her chariot.
Himeros, God of Unrequited Love
Himeros has mostly walked away from his pantheon to pursue his other love: sports. His love is reserved for those who will not love him back and he patronizes those who find themselves in a similar situation.
Hymen, Goddess of Weddings and Marriage
Hymen can pass as either male or female. She is a goddess of virginity and of marriage, and weddings performed without her blessing were previously considered likely to end in ruins. Since the Renaissance she has also had an association with flame and with flowers.
Pothos, God of Yearning
Pothos favors lovers separated by death, distance, or circumstance. He is a touch maudlin and is known to drink heavily. He may or may not have been one of the Musketeers.
By default, I would suggest the Erotes be created as Ethereal Gods – PC Erotes would start at 9 Forces, while the ones listed above would be slightly more powerful (with Cupid being the strongest at somewhere from 15-18 Forces).
Of course, it is always possible that the Erotes are the wayward Angels of Love; a group of prodigals not unlike the Tsayadim. If you prefer this route for your game, I would suggest using the rules for the Cherubim, Kyriotates and Mercurians of Love.
And if you really want to play with the setting, it is possible that the Erotes are a mix of Angels and Ethereals who claim that they have been developing individual divinity as they separate themselves from the divinity of the God of Abraham.
In either of the last two cases, Dominic would want to capture some of the Erotes for questioning, and should they prove a missing link between Angel and Celestial, there’s a good chance that Lawrence, Khalid, or Jean would order their extermination. On the other hand, Eli would likely serve as an indirect patron (at least as far as birthing new angels is concerned).